Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Reading Rainbow is Back!

As I am sure you all have heard by now, Reading Rainbow is coming back to television! LeVar Burton started a Kickstarter campaign to reach $1,000,000 to relaunch the show, and the goal was reached in less than twenty four hours! How wonderful! They have just updated their campaign with a new "stretch goal" of five million dollars to ensure the show's quality and longevity.

Do you remember Reading Rainbow or was that a little before/after your time? For those of you unfamiliar with the show (if you even exist!), it is a classic PBS show that ran from 1983 to 2009. Every episode a theme would be introduced, such as baking, martial arts, folklore, etc., and then a related picture book would be read by someone well-known, such as a celebrity or a professional athlete. There was a lot of behind the scenes exploration as well, so children could learn about the world around them. I still remember how to make paper out of the cotton fibers from old jeans. Practical? Maybe not. But I still loved watching it. It was a beautiful show and I am so happy for the children today who will get to have this gem.


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